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Nebraska outside hitter Lexi Sun returning for a fifth year
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Nebraska outside hitter Lexi Sun returning for a fifth year

Lexi Sun

Lexi Sun led Nebraska with 3.64 kills per set and also averaged 2.21 digs with a total of 43 blocks and a team-high 26 aces during the spring season.

Nebraska volleyball leads the nation with 47 AVCA All-Americans all time.

LINCOLN — Lexi Sun is running it back one final time.

The two-time All-American announced on social media Wednesday morning that she will return to the Huskers this fall, taking advantage of the extra season of eligibility the NCAA granted due to the pandemic.

“Because of the challenges that have come along with the past year, I am grateful to have received another opportunity to play and compete alongside some of my favorite people,” Sun said in a release. “I am especially looking forward to getting to play in front of Husker nation one last time. I can’t wait to see what else this last chapter of my time here at Nebraska holds.”

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Sun, who graduated in December and is working toward a master’s in advertising and public relations, earned All-Big Ten first team and third-team All-America honors for the second straight year. She was also recognized as Big Ten player of the week twice in 2021.

While Sun’s hitting percentage dipped from .270 to .242, she set career bests in kills, blocks and aces per set. She also led NU with 4.37 points per set.

“I am pumped Lexi has chosen to return to Nebraska for one more season,” coach John Cook said. “She has really grown as a player and a person in the last three years at Nebraska. Lexi still has unfinished business at Nebraska. We will be on a mission this season and her experience can help our younger group get there faster.”

Senior middle blocker Lauren Stivrins hasn’t announced her plans for the fall season.

Jazz Sweet and Hayley Densberger, meanwhile, decided not use their extra year of eligibility. Both earned their bachelor’s degrees earlier this month.

Sweet lost her starting spot to sophomore Riley Zuhn to start the 2021 season, but reemerged after Zuhn injured her foot. Her best performance of the year came against Iowa with 12 kills on 15 swings. She averaged 1.51 kills per set for the season, which included 2.5 kills per set in the final seven matches when she was reinserted in the starting lineup.

The 6-foot-3 opposite’s best year came in 2019, when she averaged 2.77 kills per set on a .278 hitting percentage. Sweet was also named to the all-tournament regional team. Sweet was a starter on the Huskers’ 2017 national championship team and was on the Big Ten freshman team.

Densberger was a defensive and serving specialist for four years. The Malcolm grad recorded 39 aces in her career. Her best season was as a sophomore, when she averaged 1.2 digs per set and .5 aces per match.

The only other NU player set to depart is Nicole Drewnick. The sophomore setter opted out of the season, then entered the transfer portal in March.

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